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People of Japan

Japan is well-known for its homogenous nation, but there is much more to this assumption. In modern day Japan, society includes minority groups such as the Ainu of Hokkaido and the Okinawa Ryukyuans, including Koreans, Chinese, Brazilians, and other ethnic groups.

Taken from The Fodor's Travel – Japan Today

During the last 150 years of industrialization and economic development, Japan’s population growth has risen from 30 million to over 126 million. The transformation of large, multigenerational household to small nuclear families was a result of a demographic transition from rural to urban areas. Over 91 percent of the population is now urban.

Japan’s population is the world’s oldest as life expectancy has increased. Although infant mortality has dramatically decreased, the birthrate continues to decline. Due to this trend, the population is projected to diminish and subsequently, strain public finances to support an aging public.

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